The number of dengue cases in the city rose to 357 on Monday. This is more than the number of cases reported in the last four years.
Officials said on Wednesday, 23 fresh dengue cases were reported in the city, taking the total number to 357. The highest number of dengue cases during the last four years were reported in 2012 which was 351. While the city recorded 73 cases in 2011, 13 cases were reported in 2013, the lowest number of cases reported in the last four years.
Dr Anil Garg, the nodal officer for National Vector-borne Diseases Control Programme (NVBDCP) and state surveillance officer, said that the department had anticipated a rise in the dengue cases this year. “We had anticipated that this year, the number of cases would be between 500 and 1,000,” he said, adding that the department was working hard to prevent the spread of the disease.
According to the health department, their workers are now focussing on schools and government offices in the city to prevent the dengue spread. “We are now inspecting government offices and schools in the city. If our teams find any violation at any government office, we will take strict action,” said Garg. “Everyone has to take care of their building.”
During a special drive in the last few days, the department inspected thousands of houses in the city to check if there was any accumulated water inside the houses that could lead to a rise in dengue cases.
Officials said that 600 NSS volunteers started house-to-house inspection in the city on Wednesday. “Now the total number of teams on the ground is 375. In the coming days, we will continue the inspection, so that dengue can be prevented,” said a health official.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the authorities said representative teachers of 47 schools in Chandigarh were sensitised to the implementation of dengue homework card by the NVBDCP unit. “Today fumigation was done in Sector 11, Milk Colony Dhanas and Dhanas village,” the statement said.
In Panchkula, 70 positive cases
Panchkula: Two more patients on Wednesday were detected positive for dengue in the General Hospital, Sector 6, taking the total number of positive patients to 70. While one patient is from Kalka, the other is from Pinjore.
Talking to Newsline, Malaria Inspector Jasbir Singh said that the two patients were confirmed positive for dengue. “Most of the suspected patients are coming from hilly areas, including Kalka, Pinjore and Morni hills. A number of cases are also being reported from the houses located near the Ghaggar belt in Old Panchkula,” said Singh.
However, the health department officials said that the number of dengue cases was on the wane, and residents need not panic. The health workers were visiting various areas for fogging and cleaning of water bodies. A separate isolation ward was also set up in GH-6.